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letters to a young poet

In Signs on 4 February, 2012 at 1:23 am

last night, i wrote about the need to write. tonight, i read this passage:

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your while life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.

it is from letters to a young poet by rainer maria rilke. please read it.

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